“D&T is very exciting and also very helpful in life as it opens up many job opportunities ”
“I really like D&T because it is very creative. Practical work makes the subject fun; I look forward to using the computers to digitally edit my work. ”
Welcome to the Design and Technology Department. In our Design and Technology department you will use your creativity and problem solving skills to work on a range of exciting projects and qualifications.
In KS3 you will be expected to learn many practical skills while working in our well equipped specialist Design and Technology rooms with our creative teachers. You will to follow the design process working on industry related professional design briefs in all the different Design and technology area’s including Hospitality, Fashion and Textiles, Materials Technology and Visual communications. You will develop your skills at KS3 to enable you to move on to one of our exciting KS4 qualifications.
At KS4 we are now offering an exciting range of industry relevant creative qualifications. They are tailored to develop your knowledge and practical skills so you can progress in to further, higher education or training.
Our motivated teachers offer a range of after school enrichment activities in the Design and Technology department. These include two KS4 catch up sessions, the very popular Pokémon club and the Sustainable Environment Satellite group.
In both key stages, we support the spiritual provision within our school by enjoying and celebrating personal creativity. We design products in resistant materials, textiles, and food areas. We then ask students to review and evaluate created things, as well as looking at the products that are made, raising questions about their impact on different cultures, as well as the impact on our ecological systems. We support spiritual thinking by considering the design of products for a range of cultures in resistant materials, textiles, and food.
We design for individuals initially, and then we begin thinking about others in the wider sense, considering the needs and beliefs of target market groups. At KS4, we consider the effects of manufacturing on the environment. We consider the core beliefs of a client group so that we design items that meet their spiritual needs. In DT we support spiritual thinking:
• by raising questions about the effect of technological change on human life and the world around them
• by exploring dilemmas that individuals may face and developing practical solutions to these problems.
In KS3, we design products with sustainability as a focus to save energy, reduce waste, and protect wildlife. In KS4, we consider the effects of manufacturing on the environment. We study mass production techniques, as well as the effects of materials, including primary and secondary manufacturing. We also consider the effects of packaging and transportation, and the moral implications of sustainable design and manufacture.
We promote social development:
• by exploring dilemmas that individuals may face and developing practical solutions to these problems
• by making food to support vulnerable groups in our society.
We design and make products based on religious festivals to celebrate and enhance these experiences. In DT, we prepare and serve food to a variety of social groups, including our OAPs and hampers for vulnerable groups at Christmas. We do work on charity events, looking at the role of the volunteer in our society, and the moral implications of preparing food from non organic sources.
We promote cultural development:
• by considering cultural influences on design by asking questions about functionality v aesthetics
We design and make in resistant materials, textiles, and food areas with consideration for the wider community.
In DT, we consider the values of other faiths so that our products are designed for all users, regardless of their faiths.
In food at key stage 3, we learn about the different views and beliefs of other groups at home and around the world. This enables study in the production of food that can be served to all faiths in Britain and elsewhere.
In textiles, we consider the design of clothing for users in our society, but we look at the needs of the wider world as we compare and contrast our western clothing with that of other cultures.